The Danger of Motorcycle Collisions
Motorcycle accidents are some of the most catastrophic accidents that occur on minor and major roadways. Motorcyclists are at an increased risk of injury and death compared to other drivers- 29 times more likely to be exact. In 2019, over 5,000 motorcyclists died in accidents.
While motorcycle accident injuries range from minor scrapes and burns to physical paralyzation, traumatic brain injury, and more, not every accident is fatal or requires hospitalization.
Motorcycle Accidents – Causes
Most motorcycle accidents are often due to another driver’s negligence. Typically speaking, this means that motorcyclists are not at fault in most collisions. Over 75% of motorcycle accidents involve another vehicle, with 67% of these involving another driver violating the motorcyclist’s right-of-way.
Many crashes result because another driver made an impromptu lane change, a left turn, or other hasty movement without checking blind spots and their mirrors. Unfortunately, motorcycles are smaller than cars and trucks, and therefore less visible to other drivers on the road.
About 33% of motorcycle accidents involve alcohol, with over 5,100 motorcyclists being involved in fatal crashes involving elevated BAC levels in 2018. A motorcyclist has about two seconds to perform avoidance maneuvers, which is not usually enough time even when the motorcyclist is sober, to avoid an accident. An inebriated driver is inevitably going to have a slower reaction time.
While engaging in dangerous, high risk, or illegal behavior on the road, the chances of being involved in a motorcycle crash increase, whether the motorcyclist is the one engaging in unsafe driving maneuvers or not. Defective parts can also occasionally be the reason a motorcycle accident occurs.
Why You Should Hire an Attorney After A Motorcycle Accident
Motorcycle accident injuries are usually severe. Traumatic brain injuries, paralyzation, road rash, broken bones, burns, death and other injuries can all occur when someone is involved in a motorcycle crash. This means that the following medical expenses, property damage, emotional distress, lost wages, and other issues can result in tens of thousands of dollars in losses.
Some costs may be covered by a motorcyclist’s personal health insurance, however, those that are not covered may lead to a serious personal loss in damages if those at fault for the collision are not held accountable.
When you reach out to a motorcycle accident attorney in Ohio, your lawyer will work on building your case by calculating your damages, organizing evidence, speaking with insurance companies, reviewing and negotiating a settlement, etc.
At the Donahey Law Firm, our motorcycle accident attorneys have extensive experience representing victims of motorcycle accidents throughout the state of Ohio. We know how to make sure your case is properly reviewed, and those responsible for your pain and suffering are held accountable.
The Donahey Law Firm – A Personal Injury Lawyer in Ohio
If you or a loved one has been involved in a motorcycle accident that resulted in serious injury, financial loss, emotional damages, or death, contact the Donahey Law Firm today. We provide professional legal counsel to motorcycle accident victims in Columbus and central Ohio.